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The Union Executive was censured by IC Union Council on Monday for refusing to allow the award of a pot for the Alternative Prospectus Editor. A motion proposed by Internal Services Chairman Hugh Southey questioned the right of the Exec to make such a decision and called for a review of the role of the Exec. The motion also authorised the allocation o f a pot for the A P Editor from the Union stock. The pot will now be placed in the bar as soon as it has been engraved. A new constitution is to be drawn up to more clearly define the Exec's decision m a k i n g powers in matters other than those needing urgent action. Whilst the matter over the Exec were censured is seen as a relatively minor one, though nonetheless i m p o r t a n t , the constitutional issues raised by it

may be more far reaching. Opinion is growing among many Union officers that a change in the Exec's structure is needed so that decision making i n the Union becomes more broadly based. Proposals for the radical reform of the Union constitution were included in the order papers for the Council meeting by External Affairs Officer Peter Burt. His proposals are for an e x p a n d e d E x e c o f eleven Continued on page 3

Having been ritually coated in a mixture of rotting fruit, fish, milk and other nasties at their AGM on Wednesday, the new RCSU exec lead a Kangela from the Round Pond-Pictured above are (left to right) Paul Bloomfield (Hon Sec), Sean Davis (DP) and Ann Collins (President).

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The new launderette in Southside is now complete. However, the new facility will not be open for another two weeks whilst a T V security system is installed. College Chief Security Officer Geoffrey Reeves told F E L I X he had asked for the system to be installed because the launderette will contain coin boxes. M u c h damage could be caused to the machines by anyone breaking into these. A l s o , he pointed out that the room was quite isolated in the basement and that a T V system would make it safer late at night, particularly for women. It seems that these security matters have only just been realised, otherwise the system could have been installed before the launderette was completed. David The delay caused by this will hopefully be the last in a series

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which have resulted in the original opening date of 5 March being put back by nearly three months. The T V monitor will be installed in the Sherfield security office where it can be watched 24 hours. It will join the other monitor which watches the Exhibition Road vehicular entrance. The Security Office is considering extending the T V surveillance system over the next few years to cover other parts of the College. T o this end the entrance lobbies to Falmouth and Tizard Halls is to be wired for T V camera installation whilst a second set of doors is being installed. The camera will not be installed at present but will be i n the future i f College find T V surveillance a successful way o f providing security cover,

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Letters WM Consoc Smear Campaign Dear Pallab May I say how sorry I was to see that members of the Federation of Conservative Students at Imperical College have apparently decided to launch a smear campaign directed against the National Union of Students.

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In his letter to F E L I X last week, Graham Brown alleges that the report of the two Imperial College Union visitors to the N U S Easter Conference is, in effect, untrue. These allegations are not only an insult to the integrity of those who attended the Conference on behalf of I C U , but are apparently based on no more than hearsay. To the best of my knowledge Graham himself did not attend the conference. It is therefore hard to see how he can c l a i m to have f i r s t h a n d knowledge of events occuring at the conference unless he possesses remarkable powers of extra-sensory perception. The whole point of sending I C U n i o n visitors to the conference was to establish for ourselves whether harassment and intimidation is rife at N U S Conferences as has been claimed in the past. I would far rather place my trust in the accounts of independent and trustworthy Union officers who were actually present at the event than in the rantings of an individual who shows clear p o l i t i c a l m o t i v a t i o n in attempting to undermine the credibility of the N U S . The last thing I would wish to do is accuse G r a h a m of fabricating these stories in a deliberate attempt to mislead I m p e r i a l C o l l e g e students. However, I would be most interested to see G r a h a m produce hard evidence to substantiate his allegations. Since libel is a criminal offence in civil law, I have no doubt that he will be writing again to F E L I X so as to make his position crystal clear on this matter. I am happy to be able to reassure your readers that, far from helping other colleges in London to disaffiliate from the N U S as Graham suggests, I will continue to point out to them from an imparital position both Page 21

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JdL— :Letters-fo-fhe-frWorthe dangers and benefits of pursuing such a course . of action. Yours more sincerely than Mr Brown Peter Burt

Democracy? Dear Pallab Ever since entering this university I have been bitterly disappointed with the Union. I knew it was 'right wing', I knew it was run by 'unfeeling bastards'. What I didn't know was that it was undemocratic, that the majority of IC students had no say in its affairs, and that it metes out justice a c c o r d i n g to personal prejudice. Instead of calling quorum herself, as any union leader conscious of her responsibility to uphold democracy in this College, Gaynor just sits and frowns when quorum is called. Instead of abandoning the U G M , because it is not large enough to be representative, and organising another next week and publicising it properly so that all students will know about it, the Union hacks just continue with their reports, knowing their decisions cannot be overturned by the students, and they hold all power. Take, for example, their decision to ban a U n i o n member from a U G M . O f course the Exec should take d i s c i p l i n a r y a c t i o n against students who break Union rules, but no Union member should be prevented from attending a U G M . This amounts to expulsion from the Union, and if Gaynor wants to expel that member, then let her say so now. It is a grave state of affairs when the Exec can meet in private and secretly ban a Union member from attending a U G M without having any appeal or even consulting that UGM. So let's have an end to ad hoc expulsions from the Union, and an erfd to inquorate U G M s and

let's see if the Exec during their last term of office will pay as much attention to democracy as they do to alcohol. One final note: 6 hours a year is not much time. If every U n i o n member gave this up to attend U G M s then we would see democracy done, and there would be no need to call quorum. I say this, because the Exec should be saying it, only they're probably in some committee meeting talking to the College administration. Please Gaynor talk to the students as well. Yours angrily John Martins PS: It was me who called quorum, and if anybody tries to intimidate me or attack me again I will inform the police and consult legal advisers on the p o s s i b i l i t y of a c t i o n against I C U members or I C U itself.

Destroyed Credibility Dear Pallab Pallab Ghosh in last week's F E L I X has probably destroyed any remaining credibility I might have had. It appears all he can do to oppose my views is a vicious character assassination. In The Phoenix I wrote a serious short story about a man in prison for rape, who believes in fascism and is slowly being destroyed. I fail to see how this could be described as 'pornographic', a 'little jerk o f f or 'degrading to women'. There are attitudes in this world that we should all seek to understand; our attitudes towards each other that result in torture, physically and mentally. We degrade those we disagree with or seek to use, we attack their mental abilities, we call them names, we laugh at them and mock them. The Jews were laughed and jeered at in

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Nazi Germany, Negro slaves were a centre of amusement in the 19th century, it seems this College supports a similar entertaniing degradation of women. Women fuck pigs and dogs in front of cameras so we can laugh. It's individual freedom they will shout! Michael Newman's a twat anyway! It's all a good laugh! When will we realise that even when those who torture or degrade are enjoying themselves it does not become a mere laugh? When will we realise that to assist them is to support them? I have called all I C students pimps, I think we are far worse, I t h i n k we support the degradation of women and consequently their oppression, torture and rape. Yours sincerely Michael P Newman Life Sci 2

Poison Tipped Pen Dear Sir The impressive rhetoric delivered by Steve Marshall drew my attention to your letter column two weeks ago. I am whole-heartedly in favour of such provocative language and have long since rejected the 'be nice' attitude of the 'middle of the road'. I hope, therefore, that Steve Marshall will proceed to use his undoubted talent to provoke discussion on more important, relevant and demanding issues. M a y I influence his eagerly awaited subsequent publications by citing the fact that approximately 4,000 students at this College couldn't give a toss about the social impact of their selfish pursuit of academic or financial success. Science and engineering are meaningless and dangerous disciplines if they are not treated foremost as a service to humanity. Therefore I suggest he uses his poison tipped pen in a more constructive manner to stir these murky waters of Imperial College. A Causebrook EE1 (Steve Marshall graduated from Imperial College in 1980, was FELIX Editor for the 1980-1 session and has been leaving College ever since-Ed.) I FELIX


Continued from front page members, to include three more officers a n d t w o o r d i n a r y members in addition to the three sabbatical officers and three C C U Presidents w h o n o w constitute the Exec. Whilst a number of Council members do not support the proposals as they stand at present it is likely that they will open the issue for wider debate.

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Hair today Guilds President M i k e Stuart is to have his head shaved at the Rag Fete on Saturday if £300 is raised for Rag funds. The shaving will be carried out by Maribel Ande rson , G u i l d s Presidentelect. Maribel has also promised to have her head shaved at next year's Rag Fete for a similar amount, this to be carried out by M i k e Stuart. The Rag Fete will be held on the Queen's Lawn starting at 2pm. There will be a 6 foot T V screen since the F A Cup Final is on the same afternoon. The Queen's Tower will be open for climbing a n d there w i l l be numerous stalls and games. Those hoping to see M r Stuart's head being shaved are advised to be prompt as it is not expected to take long.

The Windband giving their annual performance of the 1812 Overture next to the Queen's Lawn on Tuesday. The performance was accompanied by the peal of the Tower's bells and the blast of cannon.

Pete pulls it off! (reported i n F E L I X last week). Eight members of I C Union They also met a number of other attended the lobby of Parliament M P s , most o f whom were on Wednesday afternoon, led by sympathetic to their arguments. External Affairs Officer Peter Burt. The I C contingent spoke to Hugh Southey, a member o f Peter Brooke, local M P and the F E L I X staff who was at the | Undersecretary at the Departlobby, met Mick McGahey, Vicement o f Education, about the President of the National Union p r o b l e ms caused b y the of Mineworkers. The ensuing Government's recent decision on interview will appear i n Felix student t r a v e l l i n g expenses next week.

T o further investigate the possibilities o f the commercialisation of research the College has carried out a study which will Women students are coming to Imperial in increasing numbers be published shortly. The College is also appointing and now form over 16% of all students at the College. However, there are still wide differences in their numbers across the a second Pro-Rector for External departments. This is one of the many interesting statistics in Development to improve the the 1982/3 Imperial College Annual Report which was College's liason with industry. Student Statistics published at the end of last year. A large part of the report is Particular concern was ex- numbers of overseas students. devoted to tables of statistics and pressed that the College had been Since 1979/80, the year before some of the more itneresting unable to find money for general 'full cost' fees were introduced, points are listed here. The maintenance of building, other the number of overseas students number of full time students than repairs necessary for health has dropped by a third. The increased by 4.2% from 1981/2, and safety reasons (as reported College received about £30m an increase of nearly 200 to 4767. in F E L I X 662). from the U G C in its block grant Of these 3250 were U G s and 1517 The report states that the and other earmarked grants. Fee were P G s , of whom 894 were College has so far managed to income was £5.4m, with a further research students a n d 623 c o pe w i t h s p e n d i n g c u t s , £ 13.5m in grants and contracts to advanced course (MSc) students. although with 'no little inconsupport research projects of Women students increased by venience to staff and students', which 45% came from non8.8% to 776 and formed 16.3% of and finished the year 'still on governmental sources. the total number of students. course', being able to make small The College and Industry Overseas students formed 14.4% advances in 'selected areas of The College founded a new of the total, 686 in number, of development'. company, Imperial Software IC and the Cuts Technology Limited, in associa- whom 446 were P G s . This shows an increase of 2.8% over 1981/2. tion with industry. The company In the present situation with U G admissions were up by 4.3% will enable the College to capitacontinued education cuts the to 1160, although applications lise o n its expertise i n a state of the College finances is of were down by 1.5%. The number commercial environment, as with particular interest. The report of students will have to be the college's other companies notes that the main factor reduced to conform to U G C Imperial Biotechnology a n d affecting finance was the loss of targets for 1984/5 and the ProImperial Polymer Technology. income caused by the drop in the Friday, May 18, 1984 FELIX

Boring but true!

Playboy F E L I X Editor-elect Dave Rowe enjoyed "eating, drinking, 'smoking' and screwing" at the Union's expense he reported to C o u n c i l o n Monday. Dave the Rave, as he is known to his friends admitted to the outrageous behaviour at the N U S conference in H u l l . He was there on an all-expenses paid trip as IC's observer, but it wasn't the conference he was observing! Sex crazed Dave has yet to file his expenses claim, but F E L I X has learnt that it will easily top the generous advance he was given before the trip. A s yet he hasn't produced his receipts, but they should make interesting reading for no-nonsense Christine Teller. A n d cheeky Dave ends the report on his hotel high-jinks with the plea " C a n I go again next year please?". IC's other observer Hugh Stiles was more cagey about the trip. When asked about 'smoking' a n d screwing he refused to comment saying " G i v e me a good pork pie anyday". Rector is to investigate how this should be achieved. Since the 1983 intake, was up again on 1982 it seems the College will find it hard to meet these targets. In addition the College had 114 part time P G s and an additional 1216 people took part i n postexperience or other short courses. These are primarily designed so that companies can send staff to college in order to benefit from the latest developments in their field. New Courses A new four year course in Software Engineering leading to the B E n g degree is to be introduced from this October. The first two years will be c o m m o n w i t h the present computing course, but the last two will concentrate on software design and will include a large practical content with at least one term in industry. The College Engineering Board is undertaking a review of four year courses now that they are becoming well established. A number of the courses have come in for some criticism. to be continued. Page 3


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arguments have been reduced to the appropriate form. The hardware consists of three sections: the 'pool' where all the packets are stored, the 'agents' which delve into the pool, fish out packets, process and return them, and the 'telephone exchange' which allows the agents to communicate with the pool. The telephone exchange chip has been custom-designed and built to allow the fastest possible s w i t c h i n g speeds (tens o f nanoseconds). The agents have been designed to use the transputer c h i p , a B r i t i s h invention which seems to fit the bill exactly. However, it is eventually hoped to have a V L S I design (ie everything on a very few large chips). A t present, A L I C E has not yet been built, but its operation has been successfully modeled on a conventional computer.

A L I C E stands for Applicative Language Idealised Computer Engine. A l t h o u g h it sounds difficult, what is on the way is a completely new type of computer which combines revolutionary design with amazing simplicity. The Japanese have nicknamed the technology 'fifth generation' but A L I C E is all British. The A L I C E team are based in the Department of Computing and are led by D r J o h n Darlington. In order to understand how A L I C E works, it is necessary to have a quick look at the computers we are more familiar with. F r o m the first computer made from valves, from the smallest Z X 8 0 , to the ultra-fast Cray, almost all computers have a 'serial' architecture. This means that the computer, no matter how fast, does only one thing at a time. This is reflected in the structure o f the languages used—machine code, B a s i c , Fortran, Pascal and A l g o l 68 all do just one thing at a time" (with varying degrees of efficiency).

The design allows any number of agents to be used, however, as they work in parallel, the more agents, the faster A L I C E will work. A computer with two Imperial College is a centre of excellence for scientific research, yet not many people hear about agents will work 1.6 times as fast the pioneering work being carried out here. This as one agent. A s the number of agents becomes larger, the article will be the first in a series of articles on increase in speed from each drops interesting scientific work being carried out at to about 0.3, but adding more Imperial. This week we kick off with the work beingagents can never make the carried out in the Department of Computing on fifth machine slower.

The ALICE team: Victor Wu, Sandra Evans, Ian Moor, John Darlington, Tony Field, Mike Reeve, Martin Cripps and Roger Bailey.

Fundamental physics governs how fast computers can operate, and although commercial computers have not yet reached those limits, it is becoming ever more difficult and expensive to gain increases in speed. While it may seem to m a n y that computers work fast enough as it is, there are many problems which actually take computers many hours to solve.

generation computers. T o achieve this goal, both a new architecture and a new type of language were necessary. Research o n the so-called Declarative Languages has been going on for about ten years, and has now split into two fields—the logic languages and the functional or Applicative l a n g u a g e s . B a s i c a l l y , t he difference is that rather than tell the computer exactly what to do at each stage, these languages provide either a set of logical conditions (Prolog) or functions ( H o p e ) and some i n i t i a l c ondi t i ons and then the computer works out how to slot them together to give the required result. Prolog, Hope and similar languages w o r k about ten times slower than c o n v e n t i o n a l languages o n conventional machines.

Some such problems have a very regular structure that can be exploited, for instance modelling the behaviour of all the molecules in a crystal, or predicting air pressure and temperature at points on a grid map. F o r these purposes the Distributed Array Processor or D A P was born. This consists of any array of many (usually 4096) small computers, which are serial, but work simultaneously, like an army. T o fully exploit these, D A P variants of familiar languages such as F o r t r a n a n d P a s c a l were developed a l l o w i n g single commands to work on arrays. D A P programming has become highly fashionable in some fields, but not all problems can be conveniently fitted to the D A P . What is really required is a computer which can divide any task into a lot of simple steps and perform each o f these steps simultaneously. Page 4

In functional languages, a data structure called a 'packet'is used. The packet has three parts: the first is a reference which tells the' computer where to put the result once it is calculated, the second is a function like 'square' or 'add two numbers' and the third is an argument, which is of the right type (one number or two in this example) and may be a reference to another packet. Packets can only be processed when their

A L I C E will use the functional language Hope, and this should work ten times faster than a highlevel language on an equivalent serial computer. A n y other language will be able to be implemented on A L I C E , but the advantages will be lost. •

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The first A L I C E will be no bigger than a small fridge. Eventually, A L I C E ' S of all sizes will be available: small enough for the desktop, large enough for the biggest problem. A L I C E is a completely general purpose computer which will excel at any task. It is also a very flexible design, as to double the capacity and increase speed you will just need to buy another A L I C E and 'bolt it o n ' to the one you already have.

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arguments arose because of misinterpretation of a phrase but, in g e n e r a l , effective discussion was hampered by a lack of committee etiquette making I C U C o u n c i l seem decidedly peaceful and democratic. The Dutch appeared to have the knack of throwing a discussion into total disaray just as it was reaching a logical conclusion. In fact, it became obvious that the group c o u l d n e v e r c o m e to a unanimous decision. The political stance of the delegates also varied considerably, from the arch-capitalists to the Dutch 'Greens'. The theme itself was A f t e r the M e c h a n i c a l subdivided into five different Engineers' Annual Dinner and sections: the implications to the Dance, for some reason called h o u s e h o l d ; r e c r e a t i on time, the Cuba night, on the first business; education; and the evening, followed by a traditional individual. In order for discussion raw herring breakfast and a to be m o r e effective the t r a m t o u r of participants were divided into c h a m p a g n e four groups each day. Helsinki, social events were confined to evening activities. The fact that the conference The IC delegation gave the rest was given in English, the second of the delegates a lesson in how or even third language of most to get absolutely devastated yet participants, posed fewer problems than e x p e c t e d , still turn up for each morning's lectures. Memorable highlights although the ability of some .lecturers and delegates varied . (depths!) were Jo's blissful ignorance of the contents of the • c o n s i d e r a b l y . S o m e heated The theme of I N C O S T 84 was the social effects of Information T e c h n o l o g y . M o s t valuable contributions were made in the discussion groups which were timetabled every day and frequently overran allocated times. There were also scheduled a number of lectures and visits, which gave a certain amount of background technical information. The lectures and visits were intended to provide an a p p r e c i a t i o n of the p o s s i b i l i t i e s of the new technologies, the implications of which were discussed afterwards in groups.

free drinks given away after the Chemical Engineers Dinner (and subsequent regrets!), and Jim's breath the morning after a heavily spiced Russian meal amply washed down with vodka. The idea of having an Opsoc chairman helped enormously on the song evening when the delegates, and totally bewildered Finns, were treated to an IC bar nite version of Of Alouette and Sloop John B . O n the organisation side the F i n n s have an emormous advantage over other student unions in that they have the resources to own and run a very impressive, modern conference centre. The campus is the Olympic village of the 1952 Games and students pay the equivalent of £12pw for single or double rooms, better equipped than any IC block, all of which ' are run by the Union. Through letting of its facilities the Union can boast a turnover in excess of £4m pa. Particularly impressive was the standard of cleanliness of campus facilities and the respect given them by students. Even after late night parties, comparable to Carnival, there was no evidence the next morning of anything having taken place. The degree system is totally different with student loans being used for courses lasting up to

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Cartoons Unfortunately IC is loosing three very good cartoonists at the end of this year. Are there any budding artists out there who would like to try their hand? If so then please drop in to the F E L I X Office some time. Page 6 • B H H H H n i

of those horrible logos (for which I must accept responsibility).

Features Advertising If. on the other hand, you want a career in the advertising industry there is a place for you on F E L I X next year. We need someone to co-ordinate ad bookings and to sell F E L I X to advertisers.

Sport Sport is one of the areas that I promised to change. With the help of club captains, I am going to have a weekly results table to show how IC teams are doing. A s for the sports articles themselves, I would like to see them presented in a more professional way. The first thing I'll do will be to get rid

I hope to continue having regular features from clubs and societies. This doesn't necessarily mean a lot of work on your part, and is the best way of publicising your club's activities. A n y newlyelected club captains who are

seven years part or full time work. Engineering students have to undertake industrial work after basic studies and complete their degree with a Master's thesis. Having said that there is no evidence that the students are any better than IC graduates but they do have very pleasant, spacious departments. Through informal discussion and formal presentations by each delegation, we learnt a lot about European students' organisations. In general, apart from Finland, other countries unions t e n d to be m u c h more bureaucratifc and inefficient. In spite of our limited resources, we at IC appear to have a more efficient organisation, with better accountability, which is less top heavy than o u r E u r o p e a n counterparts. Jo Claydon Jim Boucher

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interested in a feature can discuss their plans with me this term. While on the subject of clubs and societies I would ask all p u b l i c i t y officers to start p l a n n i n g their posters and handouts for Freshers' Fair. There is always a rush for printing to be done in the week before term starts and so it is best to get it done this term or during the summer. Finally, if anyone is interested on working on F E L I X next year in any capacity, then please come along. N o previous experience is r e q u i r e d , and no great commitment is expected. If you just have a good idea for F E L I X next year, then please feel free to drop in to the F E L I X Office to discuss it.

If you would like to have FELIX delivered by post next year the just fill in this coupon and send it with a cheque for £12.00 (payable to ICU Publications Board FELIX) to the FELIX Office. Name. Address,

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Imperial College Gliding Club - was the first university gliding club in Britain and is 54 years old this year. It is affiliated to the Lasham gliding club in Hampshire, which is one of the largest gliding centres in Europe. T o go up in a glider has always been an ambition of mine, so when Dave Keene, captain of the gliding club offered me the opportunity to spend a weekend with the club I jumped at the chance.

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The usual procedure is for club members to either make their own way down to Lasham, or to get lifts from other c l u b members. Lasham's facilities are available all year round, every day of the week to IC club members. H o w e v e r , most people just go down for the weekend. A n y number between five to fifteen students spend a weekend at Lasham, it depends on the time of year. In the bad old days members had to make do with the Lasham club's bunk houses for accommodation which used to be so grim that even the rats moved out. Dave told me that no matter what the weather or time of the year the overnight temperature of the bunkhouses was always the same—bloody cold! Since then the club has purchased an old scout hut which accommodates 14 people. It has all the mod cons: a kitchen, toilet, hot and cold water and, most important, a parafin heater. O n arriving at the scout hut on Friday I discovered that the old . hands had bagged the bunks closest to the heater. It wouldn't have been so bad had I bought an ultra expensive, thermally insulted sleeping bag like everyone else had. Foolishly I bought along a sleeping bag I found in the F E L I X Office. Whilst it served a useful purpose accommodating former Editors overnight in the F E L I X Office, it was definitely not the thing for a scout hut in the middle of the exposed Hampshire countryside. I shivered consoling myself with the thought that it would be warmer in the morning—I was wrong. I awoke to a bleak February morning. A n icy cold wind swept across the snow covered airfield. I emerged from my sleeping bag with trepidation about the forth FELIX

be launched The Club's high performance ASW19 waiting to by a purpose built tow truck or coming day. After a hearty by a light aeroplane. Aerotows breakfast of hot baked beans and are more expensive but do take tea at the clubhouse we put our names into the ballot. The order you higher and you get more time in which names are drawn out in the air. Because of the decides the order of flights. Next conditions that day aerotows we had to push out all the gliders were out. that were going to be used that I saw the tow truck in the day from the airfield's main distance move off. The tow rope hanger. Although it is possible to slithered quickly like a snake hire Lasham's gliders for flights along the ground as the slack was most enthusiasts group together taken up". The glider jolted and buy their o w n glider. T h e forward and within a few seconds club have three single seat the ground fell away from under gliders, a K 8 for early solo flying, us. The glider slowly climbed to a a C l u b Libelle for intermediate height of about 1,500 feet. Y o u and cross-country flying and a could see nothing but white sky high performance A S W 1 9 for and hear only the roar of the cross-country and competitions. wind. While waiting for your turn for Suddenly the tow rope was your flight you are expected to released and momentarily we push other peoples' gliders into sank, my heart was in my mouth. p l a c e f o r t a k e off. T h e Panic and exhilaration filled me. I enthusiasts are very much a was flying o n the edge of the community and the emphasis is elements away from the frenzy of on cooperation and working for life on the ground. It was like each other. flying i n a d r e a m , gliding Soon it was my tum to go up. I effortlessly over the ground, and was just to be a passenger with feeling totally free. an instructor at the controls behind me. I was strapped in the Once up the glider sinks back checks were made and we were to earth at about 200ft/min. M y ready to go. There are two ways pilot was searching for lift to keep for a glider to be put up into the us up. The search and utilisation air. It can be towed up like a kite of lift is the basis of gliding. A I Friday, May 18, 19841

good thermal can send a glider ' up 600ft a minute. I, like most people who go up in a glider for the first time, was ihooked. For students who have ;time and money the next stage is !to fly solo. Before being allowed to fly solo a pupil has to undergo a certain amount of training in a two seater glider with a qualified instructor. There is no minimum number of hours to be flown, pupils are sent solo when their instructor is satisfied they are safe and competent, usually this takes between 40 and 60 flights. The club receives a generous subsidy from the Union which reduces costs to about £ 3 per training flight. O n c e solo you have just begun. The next stage is to pass another series of tests to be able to cross country. T o be able to spend several hours gliding in the air. This is really what gliding is all about.

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VACATION

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RESIDENCE F OR IMPERIAL

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APPLICATION FORMS FOR RESIDENCE DURING THE SUMMER VACATION ARE NOW AVAILABLE FROM STUDENT SERVICES 15 PRINCES GARDENS N.B. Those living in residence and wishing to stay on for the vacation must also apply. CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS FRIDAY, 25 MAY 1984


HOUSE WARDENSHIPS Wardens are required for the 1984/5 session for the Houses in Evelyn Gardens. All Houses will be available. Application forms are available from IC Union Office and should be returned to the President, IC Union by Tuesday 29 May 1984. Applicants should be responsible, mature people, preferably postgraduate and married. Accommodation is provided. Further information available from IC Union.

COCKTAIL BAR

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Entrance to Night Club half price on presentation of Imperial College cards Entrance o n : 3 Cromwell Road, SW7. Tel: 584 7258

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SlMlAlLlL FOR S A L E •Pioneer tuner amplifier, 45w per channel RMS. Perfect working order £80ono. Tel 370 4957. •Mini 1000, L reg, good condition, MoT and taxed, serviced, reliable £500 ono. Ask for Clive Stanway either on int 4082 or 607 6288 (eves).

ACCOMMODATION •Flatshare place vacant for summer .contact Rob 675 0617. •Person required to share large double room in flat near c o l l e g e . 42 Queensgate Gdns, 581 2403. Male only. £25pw. •3 person private basement flat (Lexham) for lease over summer, approx £30 each. Contact 373 1544 after 6pm—Frazer or Jackie.

JOBS •Mathematics graduate required to teach Mathematics u p ' t o open scholarship standard from Sept 84. P G C E not essential. Chigwell School is an independent HMC School, 12 mi|es from London. Salary above Burnham Scale II. Further details from the Headmaster, Chigwell School, Chigwell, Essex IG7 6QF, tele 01-500 1396. •Stockroom attendant at 'Visnews' near Hanger Lane, ability to lift heavy boxes a distinct advantaqe. Must start 11 June, finish end of July. £100pw Phone Ms H Walker, 965 7733 x251. •UROP. Physiological flow studies unit are offering summer bursaries at the standard rate for UROP students of £700 for ten weeks. Suitable for aeronautics, chem eng or physics undergraduates. Contact Prof C G Caro or Dr M J Leve, E552, A C T Building. •Two UROP Summer Projects. Suitable for students of computing but also others with a strong background in computing. Both projects will

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require the use of assembly code on the LSI/11. 1. Data Acquisition in Real Time on an LSI-11 computer, develop test and document software for streaming analogue data without loss of samples from several channels onto digital magnetic tape at continuous rates up to the hardware limitations of the system. Routines for reading the data back and previewing it graphically are also required. 2. Network Filing. LSI-11 computers are to be connected to an existing ominet network which contains a disk file server The directory formats of the Omninet disk are not the same as standard directories for the LSI-11 system, routines are required for transferring files from the Omninet disk from the LSI-11 (more difficult because the Omninet directory must be updated safely). UROP bursaries are available for these projects at the current UROP rate of £700 for 10 weeks. Those interested should apply in writing to Dr D M Monro, Elec Eng. Please give details of relevant experience and the name of a staff member familiar with your computing work. •More summer jobs on the Union Office noticeboard.

ANNOUNCEMENTS •RCS Motor Club Ground Crew—see B B C 1 Friday 5:40pm. •ICAFC 3rd XI photos collectable from me in Philips Lab (Old Chem) any afternoon. Bring £1.50. Love, Hash. •Could all equipment belonging to the Hockey Club be returned to C Jones, Chem NB 432. •University of London Chorus and Orchestra will be performing 'Dream of Gerontius' by Edward Elgar at Southwark Cathedral on Friday 25 May at 7:30pm. Tickets (£2, £3) on the door. •Live in concert—Jonathon Kemp (and support) Briscoe Lab 22 May 10:30am.

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PERSONAL -Those beefburgers were puke, Dulwich. •Don't throw sticks in Smirkes road, Deany. •You couldn't stomach two Guinness, Wizard. •Deans a Library man and he's aufait, he got mugged in the light of day. •What's a stuffed dog doing at Wimbledon Station? About 10 miles an hour. •Why did you resign, Arnold. Why why why why why? •Wilke's has got a big belly. •Where did you get that hat where did you get that hat. •Nuclear Calculators for sale—apply Rohleder, East Berlin. • Come to the Harvey Casino disaster—large teeth and bad breath essential. •Wanted: accommodation for the Y oun g Ones. Contact Yorkshire Snooker Sex Star, the Crucible Sheffield. •Fresh (?) Fish for sale. Apply 203 Hamlet Gdns.

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• T o the rest of you (whoever you may be)—there's nothing at all wrong with you, or so I've heard. •Message from Charley 'Can I have a Dulwich?' •Well done the Omelette on your cup success. •The rambler of the year is •Wheres that radio-active pen? •Zippee and George's Big Bungle is watching you! •Don't be date, late make a it, the party sixth room, to be common in the pizza held. •Living in harmony harmony in Cloppa Castle blah! • J i l l Thurlbeck: The Usual Two skill think you're beautiful. • W h y is R C S Broadsheet better than FELIX?—Because it has staples. •What is better than a Broadsheet with two staples? A Broadsheet with ten staples. •Why don't you pull your finger out Hugh? •What do little catholic boys do in their nightshirts Hugh? • H a s Hugh got the seven year itch?

MONEY I graduated last summer and soon afterwards entered into the world of finance. Now I enjoy a 5figure income. I would be delighted to train people living in the London area. Please contact Graham Duckett 01-831 7831. I Page 9


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EDITORIAL Congratulations to the following, who have been awarded Colours for their services to Sports Clubs this year: ATHLETIC

COLOURS

l A s s o c i a t i o n Football D Griffiths, Capt G Lawrence D Stephenson D Hardy P Bravery R Clarke Badminton J Scott, Capt I Bull D Demico L Yap S Francis M Ross A Royles J Ellis

R Heath J Rigby N Vandenbegin D Lynne

P D A C

Milne Allen MacAlear Bean

Basketball T Vink, Capt K Jarrett G Droungas

A McKenzie H Haghighi M Diaz

Boardsailing C Leuchtenberg, Capt F Carr

S Ramm

Cross-Country R Mo/rison, Capt S Carey

G Booth G Harker

Hockey P Cunningham, H Capt M Realff M Hall N Farmer M Storey, L Capt S Shelbourn, Capt

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Stewart Dubenski West, M Banks Wakeling Barnett, L

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Parker Markham Scott Kowe Mellor Dunn

Judo A Binding, Capt T Stockings I Nevitt M Smith G West Kung Fu D Ogaram, Capt B Alley Rifle & Pistol G Bowser, Capt S Harrison T Higgs A Hamilton G Jones G Kolbe

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Table Tennis G Cant, Capt C Nicolaides W Forysiak E Parkes S w i m m i n g & Water Polo M Burnett, Capt J Boucher P Edwards R Eastman S Chorlton M Casini P Richardson M Peart A Langman G Hurley C Burr J Crowder Squash R Wilkinson, Capt L Daneshmend P Jones H Douglas-Defresne Volleyball M Lam, Capt P Walker D Song S Adams M Florida-James A Hedges C Christou S Scicinksi

S H Man P Milne B Norminton G Parsons

IC 2nd X I vs Southampton 2nd X I IC lost by three wickets The eventual arrival of the cricket season usually casts forth illusions of hot summer D Brocklebank days and the gentle thud of bat against ball. A J Pearson cold windy day at Harlington falls somewhat short of this, but nevertheless ten intrepid men (our eleventh arrived at lunch) grave the elements to take on Southampton in the crucial game of our qualifying group. IC batted first with Gareth Fish playing some rather cavalier strokes before lobbing a catch to mid-off. Dave Jones on the other hand, having been dragged out of Mech Eng reading room at 9:30am and wearing an assortment of other people's kit was having I Rogers H Mashanyare difficulty seeing the ball let alone hitting. However he and Roger Wilson pushed the P David score along to 85 before Dave was eventually out. A t this point the middle order staged a dramatic collapse, Chirs Cole's impression of R Sharifi Derek Randall however did provide some V Shorleson amusement for those who weren't trying to keep warm inside. In the end we were all out for 132 which we knew wasn't really many runs to defend.

A C C SOCIAL C O L O U R S John Scott, A C C Exec Steve Harrison, A C C Exec Gabby Shields, A C C Exec Tim Stockings, A C C Exec John Davies, A C C Exec Dr Dave Chadwick (RA) Jimmy Lee Young, Boardsailing A Mae Alear, Badminton C Bean, Badminton H Shannon, Badminton Fraser Thompson, Bike Club Peter Hardee, Rugby Max Casini, Rugby Mark Hudson, Rugby Jim Ward, Hockey Jo Hannah, Hockey Duncan Wigney, Hockey Jon Barden, Football Rich Heath, Football Garry Lawrence, Football Dave Keen, Football , Nick Walker, Squash G Bowser, Rifle & Pistol J Bennet, Sailing R Tostevin, Sailing

Considine Hallows McHale Ashford

Rugby D McGee, Capt C De Rohan S Philips I Hutchinson

J Exley M Thompson A Ralph P Seccombe

Sailing G Kennedy, Capt A Jones P Howarth G Castle P Bevan

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The A G M will be held on Friday 25 M a y at 7:00pm in the Volleyball Court. Papers are up for those wishing to stand for posts on the Badminton Exec. A l l members of the club are welcome to stand, whatever their ability. I dare say there might be a little drink in Southside afterwards. Friday, May 18, 1984

A t the beginning of the Southampton innings we took the wickets of their two opening batsmen in the first two overs and suddenly we were in with a chance. Howeyer at this stage one Southampton player decided to smash the ball to all parts of the ground and there was little anyone could do to stop him. Fortunately we got him out before tea but it seemed unlikely we could win. However after tea Chris Cole, bowling with the wind, took a couple more wickets and gave us a chance again, but in the end Southampton just crept home leaving us to drown our sorrows in the bar and look forward to Saturday's game.

O n Sunday 6 M a y , three members of the I C Judo Club went to the L J S in Stockwell for a grading. J i m Dawson, at his first grading, threw his first opponent for ijpon, and got a well deserved yellow belt. Caroline Scott, recently elected next year's Captain, was promoted to green belt, not helped by some dubious referee decisions. Modesty prevents me saying how well Graham West did, but suffice it to say I was promoted to brown belt, after two straight wins. In addition to Cathy, Ian Nevitt, Sarah Parker and Chris D u n n were elected onto next year's exec. The last scheduled practise is next Tuesday. Those wishing to continue Judo may do so at U L U on Friday evenings. A social event has been provisionally arranged for Thursday 21 June, further details will be available on Tuesday. FELIX


SOCIAL COLOURS 1983—84 GENERAL Students Jim Boucher, Academic Affairs Chris Brannick, Nightline Bruce Bricknell, General Ian Bull, screwing Peter Burt, External Affairs Joanna Claydon, General Ann Collins, Academic Affairs Sean Davis, ICU Hon Sec Pallab Ghosh, FELIX Chris Hendy, PG Affairs Dave W Parry, General John Passmore, General Simon Porter, Ents Dave Rowe, Pub Board Jeremy Rudd, Silwood Jeremy Bryson, Beit Hall Jane Merry, Silwood Andy Adams, Silwood Caroline Johnston, Silwood Hugh Southey, Internal Services Hugh Stiles, General Adrian Taylor, House Warden Christine Teller, ICU Dep Pres Graham Thorpe, Academic Affairs Gaynor Lewis, ICU President Staff & C o l l e g e Roger Pownell, Southside Bar Malcolm Aldridge, Finance Pat Baker, Union Typist Dave Burkenshaw, Estates Paul Gooderson, Police Jen Hardy-Smith, Union Administrator Joanna Hewanicka, Union Receptionist Roy Hicks, Bookshop Fred Hollinshead, Finance John Smith, College Secretary Ray Tavener, Finance leuan Thomas, Domestic Secretary Ken Weale, Hon Sen Treasurer Roger Serpen, Red Cross John Thole, Humanities Ann Reynolds, Harlington Mick Reynolds, Harlington

SCC Robin Graham, S C C Exec Dr Sinclair Goodlad, Pimlico Conn Charles Penman, Amnesty Mic Robinson, Amnesty Sara Casson, TWF, Soc Soc, Cath Soc Paul Riley, UN Martin Attwell, Soc Soc Erica Fuller, A-A, TWF Ian House, Soc Soc, TWF Nigel Blake, Cath Soc John Parkin, Meth Soc Heather Green, C U WLC Chris Mannall, WLC Laurence Gergel, Jewish Soc Nigel Young, WLC John Sattaur, S C C Exec Jonathan Gerson, S C C Exec Dr Robin Smith, S C C HST Michael Newman, CND Guy Riddihough, SF Soc Ian Stockdale, Con Soc Chris Day, Ind Soc Dave Procter, Ind Soc FELIX

SCAB Mark Williams, Chamber Music Soc Nick Shackley, Deb Soc Nikki Scott, Dramsoc Matthew Chevassut, Dramsoc Stephen Bull, Dramsoc David Simmons, Dramsoc Mark Priestly, Dramsoc Chris Guest, Orchestra Ellis Pike, Opsoc Mike Hodgson, Wind Band Richard Robinson, Orchestra Robin Fountain, Opsoc Clive Paget, S C A B Exec Pub B o a r d Maz Fellows, Typesetter Diane Love, FELIX Steve Cook, HST Pub Board Adrian James, Handbook Tim Noyce, FELIX Tony Atkins, Phoenix Peter Rbdgers, FELIX Jeremy Mocek, IC Radio Phil Skeldon, IC Radio Martin Smith, IC Radio Pete Coleman, IC Radio J Martin Taylor, FELIX Matt Fawcett, FELIX Jon Jones, FELIX Neil Collins, IC Radio RCC Jim Loughin, Audio Soc Ian Meadowcroft, Audio Soc Chris C Jones, YHA

FELIX Anti-Social Colours 1984 Every May IC Union holds its own version of Hollywood's Oscar ceremony, the Awarding of Social Colours "for services to the Union". Both events are similar in that many dubious awards are made and the most deserving parties are frequently overlooked or deliberately ignored. That's entertainment (sic)! Works of fiction are particularly successful on both occasions and it is with these thoughts in mind that FELIX this year presents its own AntiSocial Colours. The Bo Derek Chest ExpanderDavid Rowe (FELIX Editor-elect and NUS observer) for screwing the Union at Hugh 'Nobby' Stiles expense. The Dresser Award for Costume—Hugh ' G r e y s t o k e ' Stiles (RCC Chairman and NUS observer) for 'sporting' the 'meanest' 'threads' this side of the Kings Road. The Year of Living Dangerously Razor's Edge— Pallab Ghosh (FELIX Editor) for walking the editorial tightrope with equal disregard for grammar and things in general. The Terms of Endearment Space Suit—jointly to Gaynor 'Jack' Lewis and Ian 'Shirl' Bull with love and kisses. The Francis Ford Coppola Award for Self Indulgence—to Peter Rodgers for this column.

Jeremy Frazer-Mitchell, Chess Neil Macmillan, Canoe Annabel Mak, Dancing Dave Caballero, Dancing Clive Orrock, Caving Andy Fanshaw, Mountaineering Martyn Crownshaw, Surf Emlyn Jones, Canoe Ken Morrison, YHA Ian Bond, Bridge Nigel Brandon, Wargames David Keene, Gliding Mark Wiliams, R C C Ian Jones, YHA Debbie Armstrong, Caving Stuart Calvert, Snooker Andy Hurford, Snooker Chantal Smitherman, Riding Dave Rusby, Hang Gliding Andy Meritt, Graffitti Kathy James, Caving . See sports page for ACC Social Colours. A c a d e m i c Affairs Alex Parfitt, R C S A A O Lee Evans, Physics Dep Rep Greg Simpson, MRE Dep Rep Roy Hepper, Maths Dep Rep Rag James Benbow, Chairman Carl Burgess, Rag Mag Tim Williams, R S M VP Mark Coulthread, Guilds VP Gareth Fish, Beer Festival

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Wine Tasting Society general meeting for all members to discuss term's future events. Numbers for future events will be gauged by turnout this evening. Will also be accompanied by an informal tasting.

IMPERIAL C O L L E G E CHOIR Haydn Mass in Time of War Vaughan Williams Serenade to Music Stravinsky Symphony of Psalms Gabrieli In Ecclesiis Friday May 25 at 8pm The Great Hall, Imperial College Admission £2

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This Week's Puzzle For this, I a m indebted to 'Rupert Bear'. It's a l o g i c puzzle w h i c h is better than the usual, a n d even though I s a i d I'd m a k e t h e m easy this term, I'll m a k e an e x c e p t i o n this week.

South Africa The Conservative Society are considering inviting the South African Ambassador to speak at Imperial College next year. There are a great many black students at Imperial who would find not only the presence of a representative from such a brutal and devisive regime abhorrent but would also be offended by the fact that such a person was speaking at the invitation of a Union society. Other colleges refuse a platform to declared racists and fascists. On the other hand if universities do not provide a forum for free thought then what hope is there for free speech and debate? The Union has a policy against racism, it also has a policy for free speech—which do you think is more important? Submissions to the letters page should be sent to the F E L I X Office by 1:00pm Monday.

Futures It is a shame that at a place like Imperial buzzing with exciting research on the forefront of science that there is no science page in the College newspaper. In an attempt to remedy this I have started a F E L I X Futures page (page 4) which I hope will continue next year. This week it is about work going on in the Department of Computing on the development of Fifth generation computers. If this page is to continue we will need the cooperation of staff and students to tell us about any interesting or exciting research they know of. Please get in touch with either myself or David Rowe via the F E L I X Office.

Rag Fete Tomorrow is Rag Fete. There will be all kinds of stalls, the Queens Tower will be open, the Guilds custard pie brigade will be out in force and Mike Stuart will have his head shaved if £300 is raised. You don't even have to miss the Cup Final since there will be a giant video projection screen showing the match live. It will start at about 2:00pm on the Queens Lawn.

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T h e r e is an o l d tradition in the p h y s i c s department at P r i m e l i a C o l l e g e . Every year, at the e n d of the a u t u m n term, there is a C h r i s t m a s Test to see h o w the first y e a r students are getting o n . Unfortunately there is another well e s t a b l i s h e d tradition that if a student finds out that he has failed then he waits until lunch time before c l i m b i n g to the top of the Q u e e n s T o w e r a n d j u m p i n g off. O n e year, after receiving all the results, D r Keith B a m i g h t , H e a d of the department, had an i d e a to help the s t r u g g l i n g students without the possibility of any fatalities. H e wrote notes to all the first y e a r students listing t h o s e people w h o f a i l e d , a l w a y s leaving out the n a m e of ther person to receive the particular note if he w a s also a failer. T h i s w a y , he thought, the people w h o needed help w o u l d get extra s u p p o r t from friends without actually f indin g out that they h a d failed. After delivering all these notes in the afternoon, he relaxed k n o w i n g that the students wouldn't s h o w e a c h other t h e lists at the risk of c a u s i n g u n n e c e s s a r y d a m a g e to the Q u e e n s L a w n . After five d a y s without a n y o n e j u m p i n g , D r B a r n i g h t thought everything w a s alright. However, on the sixth d a y after delivering the notes, the s i x freshers w h o failed all went up the tower a n d j u m p e d off. A s s u m i n g there is at least one failure, h o w d i d the failers k n o w that they h a d failed? to me at the Solutions, comments, criticisms FELIX Office by 1:00pm on Wednesday, please. £5 cheque, courtesy of Mend-a-Bike, for the randomly winner. selected

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EXEC NEWS SPECIAL ANNUAL REPORTS PRESIDENT'S REPORT INTRODUCTION As the President has overall responsibility for the running of IC Union the annual report of the person holding this office is usually an assessment of the many and varied aspects of IC Union, as well as a report on issues which have been the direct responsibility of the President. This year is the first in three years that the Union has not lost one or more of its sabbatical officers. I believe that the Union has functioned more effectively than in recent years due to team work of the sabbaticals. A friendly, working atmosphere in the Union Office generates a smoother more efficient Union and hopefully produces more results. One of the major disruptions in the Union Office this year came with the loss of Jo, our receptionist, in early April. Jo left us to return to her original vocation, graphic design, and is thoroughly enjoying her new job. I would like to takethis opportunity to thank herforallshe has done for IC Union and wish her the best of luck with her new job and in the future. The loss of a receptionist put more pressure on Jen, Pat and the sabbaticals due to the increased workload. As ever both the staff and students coped amazingly with the extra work, and I am extremely grateful to all the Union officers, especially Jo, Hugh and Ian, who 'stepped in' and helped when the office was under strain. There is no doubt that the Union would have suffered without the extra support of these people. UNION GENERAL MEETINGS Union General Meetings have usually been quorate this year. I feel this is directly related to the discussion of issues that are relevant to the student body within IC. Although issues such as student grants, the Inner London Education Authority, and human rights have been discussed, there is no doubt that the majority of people attending UGMs were more interested in the 'Freedom of Choice' and NUS motions. However the importance of the U G M as a body to which the sabbatical officers are ultimately responsible should never be lost. I have been disappointed and angered this year by certain individuals, who because a decision has not 'gone their way', have called quorum either at the beginning of the meeting, or at a point during the discussion when it is obvious that their feelings are not in the majority. Personally, I feel that these people who advocated democracy and responsibility, do not live up to their own expectations and certainly do not live up to mine. When such incidents have occurred it was pleasing to see so many people remaining to ask one or two questions.

disqualify one of the Presidential candidates. Whilst I am aware of C C U autonomy, I would recommend that if in future a C C U newspaper directly contravenes ICU eleciton rules then that paper should cease to be funded through IC Union subvention. MAJOR SUB COMMITTEES As usual the major sub-committees have worked well and been very active. The regular meetins serve as a useful forum for information to the sabbatical officers. It was my loss that I was unable to attend as many as I would have liked. Athletics Clubs Committee At the beginning of the 1983/4 session IC Union affiliated to the Universities Athletics Union, in order that sportsmen and women would be given the opportunity to compete on a national level. The results speak for themselves, with IC winning the national finals in volleyball and waterpolo, being runners-up in a 6-a-side cricket, winning regional competitions in many sports as well as individuals from IC being chosen to play for the U A U team, in some sports. With full representation in all sports next year, this can only improve. I am extremely grateful to College and John Smith in particular for providing special grants so that the sporting facilities at IC could be improved. This included the installation of shower facilities in the volleyball court and the initiation of a loose weights facility in Southside. Sportswomen at IC have also received recognition this year, with Ladies Rugby making their debut TV performance in a large bubble bath at Harlington. Overseas Students Committee OSC suffered many problems at the beginning of the year with the election of its officers and attendance at meetings being low. However with the appointment of a new chairman the situation is quickly improving. A new society was formed this year, the Nigerian Society who have been exceptionally active since their formation.

Publications Board Controversy reigned early in the Union publications this year, with the Executive censoring certain articles in the IC Union Handbook. It was felt that some articles reflected too much of the Editors own views rather than providing general information about IC Union. The Rag Mag also caused controversy, with a delegation of women coming to see me to voice thier complaints. Nothing came of this incident, as the Executive were satisfied with the contents of the Rag Mag. Again the annual publications of the Phoenix and the Alternative Prospectus were produced, the quality of both being high. FELIX, the newspaper of Imperial College Union, exhibited a certain style this year that caused major discussions both on Council and in College. The style and personal comments in many articles caused COUNCIL This year, although this committee has been fairly active I have felt that it College to produce an alternative magazine, Fido, expressing views that was unable to discern between matters of immense importance to the had not been published in FELIX, as well as different types of articles. Union and minutea. Issues such as the takeover of the Union refectory After the publication of Fido, Council made known its views on FELIX, raised little discussion, whereas minor changes to student which I hope were noted by Pallab. From my own viewpoint, I was representation on College committees appeared to be extremely disappointed that I had to continually correct inaccuracies that had controversial. However, the attendance at Council this year has been been reported in FELIX. My only other comment on FELIX this year is extremely encouraging with no meeting failing to be quorate. that my personal opinion of the Editor is not very high! Recreational Clubs Committee The Executive The activity of many RCC clubs appear to have increased this year, with The Executive met this year only when relevant issues needed to be many achieving national notoriety, including hang-gliding and chess. A discussed or after a certain time lapse. There is certain feeling amongst new innovation in RCC this year was the introduction of first aid courses some Union officers that the Executive this year has not fulfilled its for the safety officers in the 'hazardous clubs'. function, but although the Executive has not functioned as well as I might have liked this year, I do not feel that their opinions are fully " Social, Cultural and Amusements Board justified. I believe the Executive committee is essentially an information As usual the societies in S C A B have excelled themselves, in their committee, which takes decisions on everyday matters but makes policy various productions and debates, lolanthe, Gallileo, the choir only when the time scale involved prohibits the issue being discussed productions and Debsoc's debates being well supported by both beforehand by Council. This year the executive has had to make students and staff. disciplinary decisions, some of which were overturned by various Social Clubs Committee appeals. Dealing with the disciplinary actions made me realise that the With the increased activity of a number of the clubs, the notoriety of Union disciplinary procedure needed updating. I presented the updated people invited to speak at many of the clubs meetings has also version at Council which was approved; I would ask this U G M to increased. In many other colleges the reaction to controversial speakers approve this updated version, with the inclusion of the has been violent activity would occur at IC, clubs have had to ensure recommendations of the last appeals committee. adequate security whenever speakers have been invited. CONSTITUENT COLLEGE UNIONS UNION COMMITTEES The Constituent College Unions have in general functioned well this Academic Affairs session, and have been active in many different ways. Certain events This year academic affairs have had a lower profile than last year, fielded have caused controversy within the Union and its members, however I believe many departmental representatives have worked well resulting in many motions being tabled at IC Union General Meeting, within their departments. with some decisions being overturned from one meeting to the next. External Affairs I was disappointed by the attitude taken by some of the Constituent Peter Burt, EAO, has put a tremendous effort into his post this year, College Union newspapers during the IC Union sabbatical elections, guiding the committee into an active? involvement in campaigns against . which contributed towards the decision of the elections committee to


the reductions in the student maintenance grant, the decrease in student travel awards and the abolition of ILEA. Peter has expressed the view that the sabbaticals and Council have not supported the External Affairs Committee. Personally, I did not stand on a politically inclined platform and have felt that my priorities lay with many other aspects of the Union, which may have led to my involvement with External Affairs being less than that of my predessessor. I have attended G U C (essentially ULU Council) as a representative of IC Union, however in my opinion the committee has very little to offer IC. The internal sabbatical structure of ULU has been put under great strain this year, which has lead to a loss of direction of any objectives it originally had. G U C has functioned, but has suffered in my opinion from the political inclinations of the other London colleges in attendance. Internal Services The Internal Services Committee was set up for the first time this year. It has worked well, being actively involved in the discussions on the takeover of the Union refectory. I hope it continues to work well next, year under its new chairmanship. Rag Rag looked doomed at the beginning of the year with the failure of the Rag Chairman, however thanks to Sean, Dave Parry andJames Benbow and their active involvement during the summer and autumn term it has succeeded beyond anything I could have imagined. The C C U s have been active with many different stunts and have contributed wholeheartedly to the Rag Charity appeal. I believe the Rag total this year is hoped to reach £7,000. Union Finance Committee I was please that the responsibility for the finances of the IC Union returned to the Deputy President this year. Chris, has chaired the committee with great expertese and a responsible attitude, which has resulted in a more balanced financial view of the Union by both major sub-committees and CCUs. My thanks must also go to Dr Ken Weale the senior treasurer of IC Union who has exhibited great patience and calm wnen we have continually introduced further financial commitments onto IC Union.

Graduate Studies This committee is concerned with the postgraduate sector of College. It is notable that many of our postgraduates are unable to complete their, studies in the allocated three year period, which often results in financial problems. I am grateful to Chris Hendy for his support on this committee. Welfare Committee I found this an unusual committee—it appears to make very few decisions, but receives reports from various sectors. This year we hae discussed the Health Centre, student councelling, student residence and women students. Athletics Committee An interesting committee chaired by Sir Toby Weaver. It was unfortunate this year, that for the first time in many years, two fatalities in the Sports Centre had to be reported. The first involved a University College student who committed suicide in the rifle and pistol range, the second, a tragic accident, in the swimming pool where Christopher Darkes. an Elec Eng first year drowned. On behalf of the Union I expressed condolences in both cases. I was able to attend Chris's funeral in December. One of the notable achievements on the committee this year was the agreement that the entry charges to the Sports Centre would not be increased for the 1984/5 session. Athletics Ground Committee A thoroughly enjoyable committee. My thanks to Mick and Ann Reynolds for their work at Harlington—Ann's catering has been well received by all. It is pleasing to report that the attitude of the committee is that any surplus in the bar or catering accounts should be spend on student needs. The mid-term reduction in bar prices was greatly appreciated by sportsmen and women. The only disappointing report at the final meeting this year was that Mick and Ann were still awaiting work on their kitchen by the Estates section, first reported two years ago. To quote Peter Mee, the chairman, "the student representatives see this as a further confirmation of their views of the Estates Office." However, further to Peter's memo to the Estates section, action was taken withih hours, and Mick and Ann may even have a modernised kitchen by the end of this session. Student Residence Committee

This committee has functioned well this year, although there have been occasions where decisions appeared to be 'railroaded' by the Chairman after possible indications that further discussion was necessary. Meetings have often proved frustrating due to the continual lack of. progress made by the Estates section on many important projects. Following the Lauwerys report on residences last year, many of the issues discussed at S R C were directly related to the report. A College notice, published in February cleared up many uncertain aspects of residences, reitterating the College commitment to obtain a minimum of another 125 residence places, as the loss of the Fremantle is expecteed in June 1985, with many of the smaller Head Tenancies being lost atthe end of the current session. One of the more controversial aspects of the College notice included the transfer of messenger and security personnel costs onto the residence account. The initial figure discussed was in the region of £90,000. The chairman of SRC, Don Monro and I discussed messenger and security personnel with the Chief Security Officer and eventually proposals were put before John Smith that resulted in the service being costed at approximately £40,000. It remains to be seen whether or not the proposed service will function adequately, although both Don Monro and I believe that students must take an active role in contributing to the efficiency of any security service. Personally, I also COLLEGE COMMITTEES believe that, apart from a notable few, security guards employed by the Governing Body and Finance and Executive Committee College are totally uninterested in their responsibilities and actively These are the two most senior committees within the College structure, contribute towards the failings in our security service rather than both are chaired by Sir Henry Fisher and are attended by senior College attempt to improve them. administrators and College Governors. IC Union has three The appointment of the Managing Surveyor (Residences), Peter representatives on these committees, who have observer status. On Hallworth, initiated several discussions. Peter is on secondment from several occasions this year :we have been given opportunities to voice the Estates section and his primary responsibilities will be the upkeep, our opinions on matters ranging from the progress, or lack of it, on the refurbishment and management of College residences. In recent fire alarm installation in Southside, the 28 U G C questions, to the development of the Harlington Gravel with a view of possibly £1,000,000 years Wardens have found it almost impossible to get prompt action on many occasions where work has been requested. I hope this being made available to expand the sporting facilities at IC. I feel that appointment will improve the situation. these meetings are exceptionally valuable to the student representatives Controversy has also predominated this year over the occupancy of as a vast amount of internal College business is discussed, often the Southside penthouse flats. I am disappointed to report that, producing immediate action after discussion at these committees. although the reasoning has been continually questioned, it appears that College House Committee the Southside flats will in future be occupied by academics. On asimilar This is a smaller, internal version of Governing Body and F&E, and but more satisfactory note, the Rector has agreed that the Linstead flats chaired by tne Rector. It deals primarily with matters relating to presently occupied by academics, will be put at the disposal of the residences, refectories, estates and conferences. Again, Chris and I, as Students Residence Committee as soon as possible, for use as student student representatives have been vocally active on many issues, stating accommodation. our dissatisfaction with aspects of the Estates and Refectory sections of One of the issues, on S R C actively taken up by the student College. In general, this is not the committee to initiate internal' representatives this year was the loss of Gerrard Mansions. As this arguments critisising the inefficiency of certain aspects of the College accommodation is unfurnished it was felt that College had acted administration, however we did raise a number of issues during the unfairly in failing to inform students taking up the accommodation atthe spring term meeting as we were frustrated by the lack of progress being beginning of the session that the loss of the accommodation at the end made even though we were continually reporting our dissatisfaction at of this session would happen, thus making reapplicaiton impossible and lower committee levels. This has resulted in something being the financial outlay on furnishings heavy. I am pleased to report that the done—however whether College are able to improve efficiency in cerdecision was taken to renegotiate the lease for a further 12 month period tain parts of their administration must remain as a long term objective. which was satisfactory to all concerned. It has been a great concern of the S R C this year that the loss of a large Overseas Students Committee number of residence places will occur at the end of the 1984/5 session. A This year the committee has been actively involved in the recruitment of great deal of work has been done by Michael Arthur, Don Monro and overseas students from certain areas. This is directly linked to the John Smith in searching for suitable new accommodation. Although we College objective of attaining a 40% postgraduate level and restrictions have viewed several properties this year, none have proved to be imposed by the U G C .

Union House Committee I have regularly attended House Committee and am pleased with the progress that has been made in redecorating and refurbishing Union areas. However, both Chris and I have been fed up of moving furniture around the Union Building that clubs have borrowed but not replaced. Union Transport Committee I have been more involved in transport matters than many of my predessessors. This year we proposed certain changes to the IC Union transport system, which has resulted in a larger number of clubs and societies regularly using Union vans rather than having to hire externally. Due to this re-vamping of the bookings system I have negotiated a deal with Budget Van Hire, so that minibuses may be hired at rates lower than standard commercial charges. On one or two weekends during the summer term, a shared costing exercise was used, in order that no club suffered financially from being unable to use a Union van. This worked well and I intend to chargethesummertourson a similar basis. Next year I have recommended that the Hon Sec is responsible for transport, as this ties in well with the extra aspect of insurance incorporated due to the external account being set up with Budget.


acceptable. One of the major contributing factors to this follows on from the recommendation that the residence should be essentially funded on the basis of a self balancing loan financed scheme servied from income, but College now realise that a large gap exists between going property prices and the likely income from present levels of student rents. Due to this shortfall, the residence account is attempting to provide a small surplus each year in order to retain reasonable student rents in the new residence. A report has been compiled recently on aspects of the Lauwerys report that as yet remain without any action, this is yet to be discussed at SRC. I have also compiled a revised appointment procedure for Wardens, Subwardens (Houses) and Head Tenancy Managers which is soon to be discussed. I would like to make clear that a warden, subwarden or manager should not be reappointed if they have not been satisfactory during the course of a session.

would De enimea 10 a rape alarm if they felt this necessary. Both Chris and I have always been dubious as to the use of these hand-held rape alarms as we felt they were unreliable and possibly dangerous to the victim as well as the attacker. We investigated the possibility of distributing a different model but have had limited success. I would like to recommend that next year's welfare officer thoroughly investigates the sources of supply of rape alarms if this policy is to continue and (ii) is responsible for the distribution of the alarms.

Welfare Handbook I was disturbed to find that there were a number of inaccuracies in the IC Welfare Handbook 'But were afraid to ask', I also felt it lacked information directly related to IC. I hope this situation will be remedied . before the Handbook is reprinted this year. Welfare Assistant I was extremely pleased that Karen Stott was appointed as a permanent' Refectory Committee member of staff this year. She is an invaluable asset to Student Services Refectory Committee has been chaired by Dr Simon Perry this year. The meetings have acted as a forum for bringing together the reports of the and our welfare service. OVERSEAS STUDENTS sub-committees—Wine Shop, Suggestions and Complaints and Bar Committee. On a number of occasions this year we have felt that Judgements made at the House of Lords during the past eighteen months regarding the terms and conditions under which ordinary although the student representatives continually reported their residence of the United Kingdom was considered, leading to the dissatisfaction with the standard, quality and presentation of thefood in the refectories, the solutions for a number of our complaints appeared to decision of whether home or overseas fee status is applicable, has had a be the improvement of the environment in which the food is eaten. significant effect on a number of students at IC. Many students previously classified as home students now have to pay overseas fees. I Although I agree that pleasant surroundings are desirable in a refectory, I do not believe they will m ake up for poor food quality and extortionate had to deal with a number of queries at the beginning of my term of prices. During the year it appeared that the refectory committee were office, with many students being in a financially desperate state. Fortunately, in most cases the departments involved were able to cover unwilling to make decisions on the major objectives of the refectory system ie whether each outlet should be functioning on a break-even the extra fees for the remainder of the research period. However some basis or how much profit the bars should be making. It was always stated students suffered from the decisions. One of the outcomes of the that in the past the system has worked—however I feel this was more judgement was that some students may be eligible for a refund in fees luck than judgement. for the 1982/3 session. This may have affected about 50 IC students. College are awaiting a decision on a test case presently in the Courts I have been disappointed with the management of the refectory before they take any further action. system within College—the situation oftened appeared as if no one POSTGRADUATES really knew what was happening. The number of occasions when the My involvement with the postgraduate sector of IC has been very low student representatives questioned why the system should be managed this year. Although I have had a fair amount of communication with in such a way, was only outnumbered by the number of times it was postgraduates through clubs, societies and financial problems, my reported that someone "would look into it'. Chris has fully documented involvement has not really extended beyond those issues. However, I would like to thank Jeremy Rudd (Silwood) and Chris Hendy for their refectories in her report—I don't believe I need to report any more. involvement in postgraduate issues, and congratulate them on an extremely successful joint Postgrad party held at Silwood in March. Shop and Suggestions Committee I was asked to take over the chairmanship of S&C Committee in the CONFERENCES spring term. I did so hoping that this would improve the communication This year the sending of delegates to conferences has been one of the into the refectory system. I failed dismally. It appeared that we were main issues of discussion, with a decision to send delegates to N U S continually minuting the same problems meeting after meeting with Conference as observers being made at Council and subsequently little having been achieved to solve them at any point. I do not believe overturned at a U G M . However, a number of delegates have attended these committees work well as the basic problem lies with the quality of conferences this year. the food, not in talking about it meeting after meeting after meeting. Presidents Informal Union Refectory I attended this two day conference in Bradford. Although the intentions The dissatisfaction of the refectory system offered by College caused and objectives of the conference were good, I did not really feel that the Union to investigate the possibility of taking over the Union either I or ICU had benefitted to a areat extent. I would suggest to next refectory. year's Exec that this conference is probably more applicable to the ICU submitted proposals to College in late March, indicating their External Affairs Officer than the President. interest in running the present refectory as a snack bar outlet under IC Bars Working Party Union control. The objective being to provide a complementary service Again I attended this conference with three other delegates from IC. I to the present College facilities available, providing a simple hot and found this conference informative, useful and interesting and would cold food during the lunch period, and snacks mid morning and recommend that at least the Deputy President and President should afternoon. attend next year. It was envisaged a committee would be set up as a means of communication between the Union and the manager of the outlet, and ULU Training School I was unable to attend this due to illness, however, reports indicate this a would consider problems such as suppliers of food, long term fabric of outlet etc. The manager would be responsible for ordering of stock, day worthwhile venture for sabbaticals to participate in. to day running etc. College have agreed to the Union's proposals for the NUS refectory outlet, however the final discussions regarding capital Eventually a decision was made (and upheld) to send two delegates to expenditure, financial aid from College and personnel matters are still to NUS Conference. Hugh Stiles and Dave Rowe attended as observers, take place. Chris and I will be meeting the senior College personnel their general impression appeared to be that although N U S was involved to discuss these issues at the end of May. developing into a better organisation, the benefit ICU would gain thorugh affiliation was not worth the affiliation fee of £15,000. In my view Although the sabbaticals originally began work on this project, I am IC Union should not reaffiliate to the National Union of Students. I do grateful to Hugh Southey and the internal services committee for their not believe the moral argument is valid as I feel the NUS do not have as much bargaining power as they might like to believe. Their success this help during the final stages of the proposal, indicating that a strong continuity through to next year will exist, which will ensure that the year with negotiations on the student maintenance grant and travel awards has been minimal. I do not believe IC Union's affiliation would outlet is managed effectively and efficiently. This is undoubtedly one of the major achievements during this year, and I wish everyone the best of alter the situation. The £15,000 is better spent within IC Union. luck for next year. INCOST WELFARE Jim Boucher and Joanna Claydon, represented ICat INCOST 1984. The There are numerous aspects to welfare problems at IC, some of which Conference appears to have been extremely successful. The delegates have been solved this year, some of which are unlikely to reach a more returned with the recommendation that IC host INCOST 1985. The subject of the conference will be Biotechnology. Discussion at Council satisfactory solution than at present. indicated a favourable response to the idea. During my discussion with Health Centre The continual problem of a long waiting list and 'all day' open clinics has College both the Rector and John Smith indicated support for the increased this year. The Health Centre has attempted to alleviate the conference and John Smith was able to commit College into financially problem through introducing a ticket system at the open supporting the venture, for which I am indebted as there is no doubt that clinic—however this has done little solve the problem as the centre is without this financial support we would not have been able to proceed. I am at present writing to a number of companies and interested parties overworked with the present level of staff. asking for support both financially and through participation. I will continue to administer INCOST 1985 until the end of my term of off ice. I anticipate approximately 50 delegates attending INCOST 1985, which Rape Alarms will be held between April 13-18,1 wish next year's Exec sucess with the At joint Council last year, policy was made that every female student venture. 1


HARLINGTON GRAVEL Last year a paper was presented at Governing Body outlining the Union's recommendations for the use of monies obtained from a gravel extraction project at Harlington. I have discussed this issue with Dr John Stocks, the Union advisor on extraction, however as the project is long term, little has developed this year. Test bore holes were driven overthe Easter vacation the results of which are expected to be available in the summer. Tenders will then be invited for the contract around August/September. The successful contractor will then have to obtain planning permission which may take up to five years. The exploration is estimated to take a minimum of ten years after that. UGC RESPONSE IC Union was asked to reply to the U G C '28' questions on 'A Strategy for Higher Education in the 1990s' by College, in order that the Union's viewpoint could be incorporated into the official College response to the document. The Union' did compile a response, however, I felt that although we expressed our views on many of the questions, we disagreed with the fundamental assumptions on which the questions were based, and found it difficult to relate IC Union's activities to any future strategy. Under no circumstance were we willing.to commit IC Union to a decrease in future funding. My thanxs to Peter Burt for his exceptionally active involvement in the Union's response to the U G C questionnaire, and the organisation of an open meeting to discuss the College's response. TELEPHONES During the initial months of my sabbatical I regarded telephones as highly frustrating due to the slow progress that was made on repairs etc. However this improved 100% during the autumn term, and I must thank Mr Burridge for the prompt service we have received in recent months. I am also grateful to him for his advice and cooperation in establishing the Union's requirements within the new electronic telephone system due to be operational next September. I wish him the best of luck with the new system, I have a feeling he might need it. SPORTS SHOP/LONDON STUDENT TRAVEL One of the early decisions taken by the Union was in asking LST to vacate their premises on the walkway. This arose through the requirement of the site for a sports and regalia shop and the absence of any income from LST. The sports shop is functioning well and I am indebted to Roy Hicks, the Bookshop Manager and Chris, for the amount of work they have put in to make the shop a success. STUDENT TRAVEL AUSTRALIA With the loss of LST in September, we had a vested interest in reintroducing a travel centre into IC. STA are now installed in the J C R and I believe are providing a more satisfactory service to both students and staff. Best of luck to all the staff in the IC office. COLLEGE DINNERS We were asked what would improve student attendance at College Dinners. We suggested they be held on a Friday evening, have a bar extension and a disco or jazz band. The most recent of these events, although did not have a bar extension, was held on a Thursday and was a buffet format. However I believe it was enjoyed by all, and suggest that the autumn term would be the more suitable time for such an event. Although I believe the dinners are value for money, I feel that the difference in price between staff and student tickets is far too small. SOUTHSIDE The myth of the Southside move, remained inconclusive during my year

DEPUTY PRESIDENT'S REPORT Introduction It has been an interesting exercise concentrating into one report the efforts and anxieties of a year's work as sabbatical Deputy President. Those who read it may consider it long and over detailed yet whole days or weeks of thought, discussion and action on several topics have each had to be compressed into single sentences. I have tried to concentrate on information that will be useful next year and on subjects about which I have felt deeply, I hope that this report conveys an impression and flavour of the Deputy President's job to those interested. FINANCE. This is one of the single largest and most time consuming responsibilities of the Deputy President involving as it does the chairmanship of Union Finance Committee as well as responsibility for the budget and estimates of the Union. Union Finance Committee The biggest problem this year was the high commitment to equipment expenditure on the five year plan scheme which left little unallocated equipment fund for unforeseen expenditure. Policy has now been adopted to prevent this by limiting the five year plan committed expenditure to about three quarters of the equipment fund. Major purchases from the fund this year have been boats, a hang glider, a snookeitable, a phototypesetter etc. There is still a lot of confusion and miscomprehension about how the 5 year plan system works and I urge officers to check policy so that their clubs are not caught out next year. Budget 83/84 On the whole spending has matched the estimates drawn up last year, two factors have cushioned what could have been a very tight year, these are an increase in Conference bookings income and a saving in salaries due to the delay in replacing the Union receptionist

of office. I do not believe there is any possibility of the Union ever moving to Southside. I have always viewed the project as an expansion . to Union facilities rather than as a replacement site. However progress this year has been slower than at a snails pace. I came into office expecting the central laundretteand gym facilities to be complete by mid September. As I reported in one of my UGM reports 'as accustomed as I am to the incompetence and total ineptness of the Estates section, even I find it hard to believe that for a project originally intended to begin in Easter 1983, they could have mismanaged the project so effectively as to be months behind the fourth schedule'. I now believe the central laundrette is complete apart from a number of security problems, however rumour at the moment indicates that two of the washing machines may have been stolen, before the laundrette is even open. The gym area is also complete, but whether the lighting in the area is adequae for sports use is debatable. Security in Southside has been discussed in every Presidents report for the last n years! Although things are actually moving at last the delays have been endless—with the Estates section delaying work until the G L C approved, I can only say that the Estates delay factor was prominant yet again! The latest security proposals include a double door system with the outer being on an ASSA key system, the inner on a key card system. This will mean that the inner doors will be locked on a 24 hour basis. Naturally there has been a delay in the installation of the doors and uncertainty after a final decision had been made as to whether or not the key card system was suitably secure for student use. Mentioning the fire alarm system in Southside makes me shudder—I cannot believe the failure of this system. After handing over the contract, at the end! of the proposed schedule (only 3 months behind the original deadline), the fire alarm has continually set itself off for no apparent reason on average of once daily. My only comment is that the Estates section appear to get more and more incompetent as the weeks go by. I can only hope for an improvement in the future—it surely can't get any worse. The only successful venture in Southside this year has been the Weights Facility—in which the Union played an active role—after continual delay by College. My thanks to John Smith for the funding of this facility. AT LAST—THE END As usual my thanks must go to all those people who have helped me this year, especially to leuan Thomas, Peter Mee and John Smith in College administration—they are a pleasure to work with. To attempt to thank Jen, Jo and Pat in the Union Office would be an insult—I can never express how much we are indebted to them for their help and support at all times this year. I hope we are able to find as good a replacement for Jo, and warn future Presidents to dread the day when Jen has to leave the office. I have enjoyed working and nearly all the Union offices this year and am grateful to a special few for all their help and advice. Sean, the token man in the office this year, has added spice and originality to the office—the quote 'There's never a dull moment' is so applicable when Sean's around. Chris, in her sabbatical term as Deputy President has excelled all expectations—her work on bars and refectories has been amazing. My thanks for her support and friendship throughout the year. It only remains for me to wish Ian the best of luck next year—and hope that he, Dave and Eric enjoy their year of office as much as I h ave. Gaynor Lewis ICU President 1983/4

Estimates 84/85 It is premature to make much comment on these as atthetimeofwriting the final figure has yet to be confirmed. The single largest change in expenditure is due to our affiliation to the Universities Athletic Union allowing us to play sport natinally—this tips the balance even further to club expenditure which is a most laudable change. On the income side we have over the past couple of years increased non-subvention income significantly through increases in Conference and Union bookings income and through further commercial ventures, the STA office being the most recent. This has enabled us to increase our activity faster than the increase in College subvention but it is difficult to envisage how we will be able to sustain this increase in 'privatised' income making the estimates progressively more difficult in the coming years. Compiling the estimates gives a DP a good insight into the workings of sections of the Union. On the whole offices were most helpful with the preparation of estimates and I found it a difficult task imposing cuts but I was pleased to be able to avoid the ugly Major Sub Committee C C U rows of last year. Accounts and Audit This year saw a change in the College accountant responsible for the preparation of Union accounts and provided an opportunity to try a change in style. Though not wholly successful I am sure that with a year's experience Ray Taverner will produce a set of accounts that are more relevant to the activities of the Union at the end of this financial year. I have also worked with the Internal Auditor on several aspects of the Union accounts, particularly the revision of the 'Financial Procedures' booklet, and on improving aspects of the accounting system. The changes of responsibility within the Finance Section have lead to a few awkward patches overthe last year particularly with interpretation of the VAT regulations and it will make life much easier for Dave if a clear ruling is given as to the responsibilities of the Finance Section.


professional institutions, local media, industrial and business concerns, and schools. Next year's INCOST may be useful in making such contacts. Individual students and their parents can continue to help by contacting MPS, concillors and businessmen and pointing out the importance of investment in education. Any efforts that the E A C may make to improve the public image of students will be futile if they are thwarted by the activities of other groups within College. Few people are likely to support our case if certain students carry on organising pornographic film shows, throwing decaying organic matter around Putney, and generally maintaining a reputation for drunkeness and thuggery. London At present the University of London Union is the most active 'umbrella' representing student unions in London. However, there is a great deal of current discussion on the feasibility of setting up a London region N U S group. If such a body was to form, it is likely that emphasis on the broader issues facing London students is likely to move away from ULU and towards the new group, leaving ULU to concentrate on academic affairs alone. This could be very damaging to IC Union, since at present most of our contact with other student unions is via U L U . There is therefore a danger that we could become still more isolated from the remainder of the student body through non-membership of NUS. ULU next year has the potential to be far more relevant and effective than it has been recently. Nevertheless, ULU will only work if there is adequate input from constituent unions, and it would greatly benefit Imperial College Union if any of next year's officers were taken on the admittedly demanding extra duties of being an active ULU hack. College External Affairs must, in future, have a much higher profile in Union activities. Cutbacks in the amount of money being spent on Imperial College will mean less technical and administrative support, less new equipment, and fewer new initiatives in teaching. These will all have an effect on the academic standards of Imperial College graduates, and the Union has a role to play in ensuring these standards do not drop. Many students are still unaware that Government policies have a direct impact on the quality of teaching, time spent in the laboratory, and shortages of library books. The Union must continue to work on the Academic Affairs front to prevent teaching from suffering unudly from financial constraints as well as highlighting and opposing the root causes of the danger. Despite the image of the stereotyped Imperial College student, this year's work has shown that, by and large, students are concerned atthe effects of education cuts and are prepared to act against them. The key to getting student involvement in such matters is to minimise the amount ICAAO This year problems associated with Academic Affairs have not been in the forefront of College life, but things have been rather quiet. This stems from a lack of desire on the part of the Academic Affairs Officer to attempt radical changes. Nevertheless, various matters have come to light this year, few of them new, that have been sorted out to some degree or another. Atthe beginning of the year the third year undergraduate students at Management Science, were faced with having to attend events within their departments which clashed with other arrangements throughout College such as the Rectors Reception and Freshers Fair. When this came to light, the Department of Management Science at first denied it, but then pointed out that they had not timetabled anything for the postgraduate 'freshers'. It seems that there is no College rule that the first two days of term should be kept clear for second, third, and fourth years although only the Department of Management Science arranges anything. Complaints about this department date back to at least 1971. The problem is that once the first few days of the first term are over, they tend to be forgotten about. This year I feel that we should get in before the event, rather than after, so I intend to start up discussions again with Prof Eilon and Peter Mee, over the summer. Another old problem which has come to the surface again this year is that Geologists and Mining Engineers tend to be very much out of pocket after field trips. There seems to be very little which can be done to alleviate the problem at a College level. The departments are aware of the difficulties, but the fact that the problem is country-wide lends itself to consideration by the External Affairs Officer. It seems that the old problems are running rife again this year, since there still seems to be widespread dissatisfaction at the standard of Maths lecturing in non-mathematical departments. The problem stems

of effort an individual student must put in. It is not enough to put up posters and write articles in FELIX. Union officers must make an effort to break away from the Union Office and UGMs and actually talk to ordinary students about these matters. Sabbaticals in particular must show far more involvement in doing this, since to a large extent they are seen as the leaders of the Union. A mini-campaign in the first week of the new academic year, with a high External Affairs presence at the Rector's Speech and Freshers' Fair, woudl go a long way towards nurturing an interest in Government Educaiton Policy, but follow-up work in letter-writing and petitioning etc together with a major spring term campaign, is essential in maintaining this interest. Obviously a great deal of work will be involved if such a campaign is to succeed, but this work will be made far more effective if other interested groups within College, such as political and debating societies, campus trade-unions, or the College Press Office, are approached for assistance. A bit of self-indulgence 'Many people in higher education pursue the hopeless illusion that the future of universities, polytechnics and colleges can be treated on its own. They want the cuts to be resisted but in a political vacuum. But higher education policy cannot be abstracted from the ordinary process of politics. It is tied up with privatisation and cruise missiles and the Common Market. It comes as part of rival packages and cannot be bought and sold singly. It is the vain attempt to deny or judge this central fact, the instinctive commitment to an apolitical and so anaemic defence, that really explains any lack of bite in higher education fight back against the cuts'. A quotation from the leading article of the Times Higher Education Supplement, March 2 1984. > The most important part of all Lots of people have been very, very helpful to me during my time of office. Special thanks must go to Pat, for typing excessive amounts of pompous verbiage for me, and to Karen in her role as the source of all knowledge. I must also thank the long-suffering External Affairs Committee, and above all else, everyone who marched, lobbied, wrote, signed, leafletted, filled in questionnaires, attened meetings, or otherwise helped with or participated in External Affairs Committee, and otherwise helped with or participated in External Affairs events this year. To all those who didn't: why not get involved next year? Best of luck to everyone for next year. It will be a difficult time for the External Affairs Committee, but keep up the good work and remember: Don't let the bastards get you down. Red Pete

not only from a widespread need for lecturer training but also results because the departments try to push too much into the syllabus. As Academic Affairs Officer this year I have sat on several College committees: Board of Studies; Admissions Poilcy; Vacation Training and Education Technology. (There has only been one meeting of the Educational Technology Committee this year, which I was not able to attened). It is sometimes difficult for undergraduates to attend College meetings since they tend to be held at times which clash with lectures or lab time. For the meetings which I have attended, I feel bound to question my worth. Although occasionally I have been able to make useful comments most of the committees are long standing ones and tend to move very slowly. It is very difficult for a student who attends perhaps only two or three meetings to gain any feeling of continuity, and to be aware of the niceties of the committee. This year I have had a bare minimum of Academic Affairs meetings and do not feel that this has been particularly disasterous. There is such a large chunk of student representative bureaucracy beteween the academic reps at the grass root level, and the IC Academic Affairs Officer that most difficulties can and should be dealt with well before they reach the ICAAO. However this means that the Academic Affairs Officer must trust the system to bring to his attention the true problems. This is best achieved through informal discussions with dep reps and constituent college academic affairs officers rather than through regular formal meetings where there may be nothing to discuss. In general I think that this approach has worked fairly efficiently this year, and feel that it should be continued next year. I wish Graham Thorpe the best of luck in tackling the same old problems next year! Joanna Claydon IC Academic Affairs Officer


ACC I am pleased to report that it is possible to be A C C Chairman for two consecutive years, pass my exams and enjoy it! This has been important because of long term changes and improvements which require a certain amount of continuity; I am of course referring to UAU. After many years of indecision as to whether to affiliate or not, A C C and ICU decided to affiliate for 1983/4 session, but unfortunately were unable to enter all sports. However, A C C gave a very creditable account of itself by winning the national finals in Water Polo and Volleyball, runners-up in 6 a side indoor cricket, quarter finals in Rugby 7 a side, and current success for 11 a side cricket. Individual and team performances in other sports including basketball, squash and fencing have likewise proven to be a headache for southern Universities who surely could not have expected such high calibre sports teams from Imperial. We have set a danger ously high level of success in U A U which I hope will be continued for many years. I hope that rugby, football and hockey live up to the challenge, and I wish all clubs the best of luck next year. The extra competitions have certainly given a new lease of life and rekindled interest to the clubs involved this year, and provided much more scope for sports men and women at Imperial. On campus facilities have also received a boost this year, with the new weights room, showers and changing facilities in the volleyball court and the (delayed) completion of a gym in Southside, all very kindly provided by College and Mr John Smith. The new weights room was dreamt up by Boat Club who, along with Rugby Club, put a lot of hard work into its formation and setting up. It has been extensively used by all sectors of the Union, and has been run very efficiently with the kind cooperation of Cliff and his lads at the Sports Centre. Furthermore, no increase in sports centre fchanges for next session will ease the financial burden for the sports enthusiasts.. The introduction of an exercise bike in the multi-gym was intended for the ladies who found the multigym not entirely fitting to their needs. It seems to have been well received and used extensively, though whether the ladies have had chance to use it I'm not sure. After five years of use, the volleyball court has male and female showers which will be greatly appreciated by its many users. Thanks must go to the Queensgate Trust and Mr Smith for the provision of funds. But oh for a generous benefactor to build a proper sports hall!! I had intended that the martial arts clubs and table tennis may enjoy new facilities in Southside for at least half of the season, but Sims and Russell (Contractors), had other ideas. I apologise to those CIUDS wno may have been disappointed and look forward to the grand opening this summer. Out at Harlington, the facilities seem to have been better than the performance of some of our teams (sorry football 1st team). Mick and Anne Reynolds and the ground staff have continued to provide the excellent service and support for IC students. Coupled with the new lower bar prices, I hope that Harlington users will continue to enjoy themselves on and off the field. The Harlington Gravel scene progressed slowly, with Dr John Stocks 1

RCC Club News This year has seen the formation of two new R C C clubs: Waterskiing and Parachuting and Parascending both of which are now running programmes of regular activities. The large number of first and second years involved in the formation and running of these clubs augures well for their continuation as active members of R C C in the years to come. On a less cheerful note, three clubs were wound up by R C C ; these being Art Club (their lighting equipment being passed to SCAB), Angling Club again (their fridge passing to Photosoc) and Railway (whose 3" guage live steam loci 'Dymphna' is currently being recovered from a past member, possibly for use at Rag events). Club Activjties All RCC clubs have been active this year (membership being overall well up on last year) although the independance displayed by one or two to them has given cause for concern. Some clubs have been designated 'Hazardous' by the R C C Executive and they have all submitted safety policy'documents to R C C and to College. It is to be hoped that these documents, essentially laying out a safety framework for running trips, will finally lay the spectre of Mountaineering Club's Christmas 81 tour climbing accidentto rest. The hazardous recreational clubs were all offered the chance to send a number of members on a British Red Cross First Aid Course paid for by R C C . As a result R C C now has some 25 extra qualified first aiders. I hope that the same scheme can be worked next year. Thanks to those who took part and especially to Roger Serpell for running the course. Tours so far have featured YHA, Caving, Gliding and Balloon and

acting as Union adviser on the committee. Trial bores were carried out during Easter which will be used for inviting bids for extraction. The promised millions of pounds are still many years away but my successor must keep on top of the developments. Another year of indifferent, expensive service by Capital Coaches to Harlington may at last have some competition. There is a possibility of contracting a new. cheaper, punctual, reliable coach operator for next year, and now that R C C have very kindly agreed to let some other clubs in the Union occasionally use the Union vans (especially the new 17 seateri. it is hoped that the inconvenience of having to travel long distances to compete may be redueced. It has not been a year entirely without low points. It is with great sadness that I must report on two tragedies during this year. Chrisopher Darkes accidentaly drowned in the Sports Centre despite the valiant efforts of the sports staff, and a student from U C committed suicide in the Rifle Range Security and safety procedures were reviewed in the light of both of these, but it still remains a mystery how Christopher drowned. Within A C C . two items topped the discussions during the year, athletic colours and tour grants. The Exec felt that the whole procedure and criteria for awarding colours needed serious reconsideration, especially to prevent devaluation and worthlessness of such awards. The new guidelines seemed to have worked reasonably well and awards this year probably reflect activity and ability much more so than in previous years. It is a pity that ICU Colours Committee doesn't want or see the need for a similar review or common sense approach! Tour grants necessitated an E G M as the gap between available funds and this year's 'holiday fantasies' disguised as tours widened further. It seems perfectly clear that distance will have to be penalised in future; it is true that it is entirely illogical to fund a team tour to Gloucester at the same level as a tour to Europe, or anywhere else overseas. Next year's Exec will have to sort this problem out early in the new session to avoid a repetition of this years ill feeling. I would like to take this opportunity of commenting on a point raised at the same meeting " A C C and the Union exist to tuno the elite, to tne detriment of the rest of the Union". I can sum my feelings up in one word B O L L O C K S ! We don't have sufficient funds to carry out all that we would like to do at present. How can anyone sensibly expect preferential treatment because they consider themselves to be better than everyone else? I suggest that they sacrifice a good education and turn professional if they are that good, and leave A C C and the Union to put on as many sports and facilities to benefit as many students as possible. Finally, the success of A C C is a function of the level of input, interest and commitment from club captains and the Exec. I would like to thank the A C C Exec: John (especially for lively and interesting sports pages in FELIX), Steve, John, Tim. Gabbv, Graham and Pete, Dr Dave Chadwick for his continued support and patience as Treasurer and Jen, Pat and Jo in the Union Office. There are hundreds more who should also be thanked here and I apologise for not mentioning their names. Ian Bull ACC Chairman

details of summer activities are awaited. It is however known that Mountaineering are planning an expedition to Equador and that Caving hope to be going to Peru. Financial The money so far has held out well, but with the pressure on funds from supplementary claims brought on by an overall increased level of membership (especially where outdoor activities are concerned since these require travel subsidy) it looks as though the subsidy on summer tours may have to be below. The use of Five Year Plans has been high this year with Billiards and Snooker purchasing a fourth table and Hang Gliding procuring a secondhand hang glider and a very competitively priced microlight engine. In addition Canoe Club have continued to build up their fleet of plastic kayaks—these being stronger than fibre-glass and consequently having a much longer life. Two new Five Year Plans have been submitted; one from Photosoc who do desperately need an injection of cash and equipment and the other from Waterskiing who, realising the potential cost of their sport both to themselves and to R C C (through subsidy), are seeking to purchase much of the facilities and equipment they would otherwise have to hire. Transport This year has seen the demise of the old Transport Committee, which took overthe running of the Union vans from R C C in early 1980, and the quashing of the Priority User System which gave certain R C C clubs what some people would claim was an unfair precedence when it came to booking out the Unions vans.


The new committee and the revised structure of Union Transport seem much more reasonable from an unbiased Union standpoint, but as R C C Chairman I am unhappy with the way that Union Transport has slipped away from R C C in only four years, especially since I seethe new scheme of things leading to an increase in transport costs for R C C clubs and therefore an increase in the transport subsidy claimed. This is almost certain to strain the finances next year, since the proposed R C C grant income wholly comprises the additional grants of Waterskiing and Parachuting and Parascending. I hope that next year the CCU's and other MSC's will acknowledge the fall in their transport costs and will act reasonably when R C C approaches U F C for additional finance. The R C C ExeG felt that the business of the new committee had the potential for a lot of work for RCC—possibly more than the Chairman or Vice-Chairman could handled. Therefore, the dormant post of Transport Officer has been revived to provide the R C C representation on the committee. General The use of a computer program to peform the R C C accounting has proved its worth again this year especially at R C C Exec meetings, when the state of any club's finances can be reviewed in the knowledge that they are a maximum of one treasurers' meeting out of date. Like all past R C C Chairmen I urge all the other MSC's (and any other part of the Union which may be interested) to take up the computerised accounting system. This year the use of the College mainframe to perform the accounting has moved onto a formal basis thanks to the generosity of ICCC in letting R C C have a user numbeV specifically for that purpose. The composition of the R C C Exec this year has proved very successful: R C C divides into two sections, 'indoor' and 'outdoor'. This year has seen an 'indoor' chairman and an 'outdoor' vice chairman resulting in informal, well-balanced, unbiased decision making. I therefore recommend to future RCC's that they seek to unite the two factions in the top two student posts for the good of their clubs and for the good of R C C . This being my fourth year on R C C , I was aware at the start of the session that the same old questions cropped up again and again at General Committees and to overcome this, information sheets were produced for C C club treasurers and for R C C club chairmen detailing how to set about doing things in R C C and mentioning as much R C C policy as possible. To my mind these sheets have been a success; I am sure that the club chairmen have, this year, had a much better idea of what they can and cannot do. It is my intention that these sheets be revised and reissued next year. Finally, I would like to thank my Exec who have all been wonderfully conscientious in the execution of their duties, the Union Exec for assisting me over the course of the year and the R C C Club Chairmen all of whom have given time up to explain to me just what their clubs actually do. You have all helped R C C run smoothly for the benefit of all. Thank y O U

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Hugh Stiles RCC Chairman

SCC This year has seen a tighter control in the running of S C C clubs and greater cooperation between them with increased activities. As a result I believe that the S C C is starting to work together as a group of similar clubs, rather than as isolated units. EVENTS: At the Freshers Fair the clubs were separated into four groups; the current affairs clubs, the religious clubs, the miscellaneous ones in Sherfield and those in the Union; each set were grouped together ine one room and had an S C C poster advertising them. Thanks are due to Mr Terry Quirk and fhe Quills publishers for allowing us to reproduce their poems. Unfortunately, due to a mix-up, the Overseas Students Committee had been allocated one stall for about ten different clubs, in the room containing the S C C pressure groups; as a have lost potential members here, but the aggregate membership of all S C C clubs has nevertheless increased considerably this year. The largest clubs are the Industrial Society (approx 400), Wellsoc (approx 350) and SF (approx 250). During the year three new clubs were formed (Socialist Workers, Pooh Bear and here at last, QT), while the Social Democrats have re-formed. An attempt was made to restart PATA, while an Alternative Technology group may still be in the pipeline. During the year, SF, Wellsoc etc have filled the gap left when Ents decided not to have regular film shows; Wellsoc celebrated their 20th anniversary, and have found two more to celebrate next year. Pimlico Connection have lost the services of Dr Sinclair Goodlad, after nine years of help, but I am pleased to note that Council awarded him Honorary Life Membership for contributions to Pimlico, STOIC and Wellsoc. The Conservative Society and the C N D held four successful joint events; the Bah'ai, Islamic and Jewish societies held a religious week, coordinated by Nigel Young; there was the Christian Societies' Contact Week; and twenty clubs from S C C and O S C participated in the Human Rights Week, coordinated by John Sattaur, which was* the most impressive of the three HRWsto have been held in College. I would like to thank the FELIX staff for the help in producing the supplements and articles for these events and all others. The current affairs groups have had a very active year, this being reflected in the Social Colours nominations received by the S C C , and WIST have been heavily involved in the production of a report for the Women in Science and Engineering Year. FINANCE: This year has been a great improvement inefficiency in the running of clubs. In particular, the finances of each club have been

under stricter control, with all clubs now keeping a detailed and up-todate account book. This requires a large effort by each club treasurer, but it probably leads to a greater awareness of budgeting through the year, which enables better control of the money supply. As a result, the , S C C has been able to purchase a secondhand cine-projector and a tea urn. The expenditure of these items is only a little more than the annual costs to the S C C of hire. Dr Robin Smith, The College Senior Tutor and S C C HST is stepping down at the end of this term. He has been exceptionally efficient and helpful for the past two years, and he, too, has had H L M awarded by Council. FINALLY: This year has Seen the beginning of the formation of an S C C identity; clubs have been encouraged to take an active part in decision making, which has been most democratic this year (!!), and to coordinate their events more closely with each other. I would like to thank the S C C committee for their help this year, and wish Jonathan Gerson, S C C Chairman-elect, and the clubs, success in the future. R J E Graham S C C Chairman 1983-4 PUB B O A R D The job of any Major Sub-Committee Chairman seems to consist mainly of sorting out problems; this year has been no exception as far as Publications Board is concerned. The session began with the events surrounding the resignation of the Handbook Editor Adrian James. Here both the editor and the Exec were to some extent at fault, the difficulty arising through a lack of communication. In future years, both parties must ensure that the Handbook is adequately checked before printing. Adrian James did, nevertheless, do a very good job, and produced a fine Handbook. FELIX this year has been a controversial as ever and editorial freedom has been preserved. Whilst this is a healthy position to be in, future editors and Execs should realise that editorial freedom and efficient running of the Union need not be mutually exclusive. Pallab has succeeded in attracting a large and enthusiastic staff and producing a FELIX that has always been lively and, increasingly, well read. The Phoenix this year, contrary to all expectations, has been controversial in respect of one article. In spite of this it isafine magazine and the editor, Tony Atkins, has excellened in producing a magazine that is in the best traditions of recent years. The Alternative Prospectus has, for the third year running, been produced by an A P Editor. In previous years the Academic Affairs Officer had this responsibility. I feel that the move to having a specialist I editor has resulted in dramatic improvement in quality and I am pleased j to note that Council have recognised this in the awarding of an A P I Editor's pot. IC Radio remains the only student radio station in London, and goes from strength to strength. Under the able leadership of Neil Collins the station has attracted a large and capable staff. The friendly atmosphere in the station is reflected in the large number of freshers who have started working on IC Radio this year. In spite of internal difficultis, STOIC have succeeded in broadcasting ' a full programâ&#x20AC;&#x17E;<t>ver the closed-circuit system to the Halls and Common Rooms. It is hoped that the new leadership will resolve these internal difficulties and that the station will continue to thrive. It has been evident to me, at times, that a degree of animosity has existed between certain of the Publications. This is particularly counterproductive, and both parties should realise that if each is to function to its full potential then this must stop. In spite of this, publications at Imperial College are in a very healthy state, and are the envy of colleges and universities throughout Britian. The range of publications that we produce is unrivalled, and as for quality, we rank among the best. If the level of capital expenditure achieved this year is maintained, and students continue to be interested, then things can only improve. Finally, I would like to thank our Honorary Senior Treasurer Steve Cook, who took over this year and has done a splendid job. Thanks are also to Hugh Southey who took over as Pub Board Chairman on my resignation. David Rowe INTERNAL SERVICES The performance of the Internal Services Committee this year has been patchy. On the plus side ISC has played a major part in the Union refectory takeover, a move that the Union should have thought about earlier. However, on the minus side, ISC often performed in an aimless manner. To counter this ISC is drafting a list of policies that it feels it should be pressing for. Hopefully this will result in things such as a new servicetill. (Anyone with an idea for services for the Union to provide should contact me in the FELIX Office.) The committee members of ISC have sat on several college committees. REFECTORY: This committee can (and does on occasion) totally ignore student representatives. On issues such as pricing where student suggestions are sensitive but unpopular they are often ignored. SUGGESTIONS AND COMPLAINTS: Sometimes tends to ignore food and concentrate on furniture. However, in general, it is prepared to get to the root of problems. SHOP: An excellent management committee. LIBRARY: There were few problems. BOOKINGS: Apparently no problems. BAR: Many improvements in bar management by the committeee. In particular the revision of bar pricing. Finally, I would like to thank everyone who has helped this year, Christine, Gaynor, Sean, Jean, Pat, Dave, Martin, Pete, Diana, Pallab etc.


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